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“Not enough history”

The Independence Palace
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This fascinating government building, significant for its role in the Vietnam conflict, is preserved almost exactly as it was in 1966.
Reviewed April 22, 2013

Although this is an extremely historic building, it feels more like a display of mid 20th century furniture and fittings than a building with a strong political story. Maybe it was our guide or maybe it was because there too many tourists but it wasn't an immersive experience.

Thank Ann T
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Reviewed April 22, 2013

It's an essential stop for anyone interested in war history, but still highly recommended for any traveler to better understand the history of Vietnam. Visitors can see many appliances of the palace like furniture, bed, and several rooms where its depend of their functions

Thank jsteven8484
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Reviewed April 20, 2013

I really enjoyed touring this historic site where you meet History in Vietnam. The ancient palace where the president of the former Republic of South Vietnam resided showcase the living and the working conditions that prevailed.You will like it because it help you out everything, i.e. the Vietnam War, in context.

Thank Joebenin
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Reviewed April 20, 2013

Although this was interesting and an education, maybe because of the language translation, the talk was bland and everything was rather sterilised.

Thank Dianne R
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Reviewed April 20, 2013 via mobile

At an adult entry price of just 30k dong, there really is no excuse to skip this historical site during your visit to HCMC. We spent 90 minutes there and felt like we had covered most of it, so it won't take up your whole morning or afternoon.

After passing through the ticket check barrier, stick to the right hand road for photo opportunities of replica (?) tanks of the Liberation Army and an American jet plane used by a rogue South Vietnamese pilot to bomb the palace.

Free tours (no tipping required) are given so once inside head to the reception desk and ask when the next English speaking tour begins and join it. The tour covers five floors (including the basement), with the tour group being passed on to a different guide for each floor. The guides provide a basic and relatively quick explanation of what each room is / was, perhaps too basic and you might feel whisked round, but its free so you can't really complain. The rooms are cordoned off so you can peer in, but not enter. The ticket desk sells written guides which I presume provide more information, if you like. Once you've reached the end of the guided part, make sure to visit the movie room for a brief history lesson. We found the interior and exhibits really interesting to see, particularly the old maps on the walls in the basement battle room and old style telephones. Some funnily hideous 70s decor to look at too.

We enjoyed our first ever tour of a former presidential palace and I'd recommend making the visit.

Thank Aldolara
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